Inmate Abel Garcia Died Following Medical Emergency At Men’s Central Jail In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (November 30, 2023) – A 48-year-old inmate identified as Abel Garcia has tragically died at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place on Wednesday. Abel Garcia was in some type of medical distress before he was evaluated by paramedics.

Life-saving measures were taken in order to save the inmate. Sadly, Abel Garcia was later pronounced dead. The County of Los Angeles Medical examiner listed his cause of death as “atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.”

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Heart illnesses remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Journal of American Cardiology, “Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death among individuals incarcerated, and those recently released have a higher risk of being hospitalized and dying of cardiovascular disease compared with the general population, even after accounting for differences in racial identity and socioeconomic status.” There are many steps that jails should take in order to protect inmates at risk from heart disease.

  • All inmates should get a thorough health screening.
  • All inmates should be given the opportunity to exercise.
  • All inmates should have regular health checkups.
  • All inmates should receive the medications that they need.

All inmates have a legal right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare for their medical conditions. This starts when an inmate is first admitted. Inmates should be screened for health issues. Any inmate at risk from cardiovascular disease should receive a number of medical treatments including possibly medication. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many ways that a jail may have contributed to an inmate death.

  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate their medication.
  • A jail may have failed to get an inmate to the hospital promptly.
  • A jail may have been put an inmate in a prone position which restricted their breathing.

A large portion of jail deaths are totally preventable. They are often due to medical neglect. Medical neglect could come in many different forms and involve private healthcare companies. It is common for jails to outsource their healthcare needs to private companies. The family of any person that died in jail may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Abel Garcia. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There have been so many deaths at the Men’s Central Jail.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Men’s Central Jail? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any in-custody death we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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